Today's News

  • Midway Middle construction under way

    Midway Middle School recently broke ground to complete a 94-foot competition-ready gymnasium with a lobby and concessions.


    Other work includes adding a kitchen to the cafeteria, allowing school food workers to prepare meals onsite.


    At present, food is prepared at nearby Midway Elementary School and taken to the middle school to be served.


    The new construction and additions are funded through reparation money TVA is paying the county for the 2008 fly ash catastrophe at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Former Harriman pastor to be honored

    The Rev. Ralph Nance will be honored in Morgan County this weekend for his 40 years in the ministry.

    A reception in his honor is planned from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 2 in Meadowview Baptist Church.

    The reception is open to the public.

    Nance pastored Grace Baptist Church in Harriman for a number of years.

    He announced his call to the ministry on Jan. 3, 1971, in Shady Grove Baptist Church.

    In his 40 years, Nance has pastored churches in Roane, Morgan and Fentress counties.

  • Rockwood woman hurt in fire dies on Christmas Eve

    A 60-year-old Rockwood woman who was injured in a house fire a few weeks ago died on Christmas Eve.

    Firefighters rescued Inez Newman from a home on Trinity Avenue in Rockwood on Dec. 12.

    Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz said on Thursday he was uncertain about the cause of her death.

    He said in initial fire reports that Newman suffered burns and heavy smoke inhalation during the fire.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from Sept. 22-27:

    From Holly Dutton and Joshua Dutton to Clifton C. Hanzelka and Kimberly G. Hanzelka by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Dogwood Valley Road, $40,000.

    From Paul T. Ashley Jr. to Gerald H. Siebern and Marsha Siebern by warranty deed, Dist. 1, Paul T. Ashley, Lot 1, $5,500.

    From Jeffrey S. Ashby and Giovanna Ashby to David E. Fey and Cathy L. Fey by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Scenic Hills Estates, Lot 37, $300,000.

  • Workshop covers financial, tax issues relevant to clergy, church

    Area clergy, ministers, church personnel and their advisers are welcome to attend an upcoming free seminar on financial and tax issues.

    The seminar will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 10 in Tennessee Tech University’s Multipurpose Room at Roaden University Center, Cookeville.  

     Matters covered will include tax issues facing ministers and churches, best practices for handling ministry-related expenses, determining and documenting housing allowances of ministers, and new reporting requirements due to recent health care reform.   

  • DOE to test sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested Jan. 5 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Jeremy Alex Powers, speeding Oct. 8, 2009. Guilty as charged April 30, convicted.

    Robert L. Love Jr., violation of registration April 2. Dismissed April 30, cost to state.

    Robert L. Love Jr., light law April 2. Dismissed April 30, cost to state.

    Robert L. Love Jr., financial responsibility April 2. Guilty as charged April 30, convicted.

  • 11 for 2011: A look ahead at top stories of the new year.

    Retrospectives are easy.  This year, we are looking to the future to anticipate, in no particular order, the top 11 stories of 2011.

  • 'Repulsive' lawyer wins again

    Attorney Chris Cawood got some good news a few days before Christmas.
    He came out victorious in his latest legal battle with the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.
    The board sought to have Cawood disciplined for a sexual tryst he had with two women in his law office.
    The board’s own hearing panel and a judge determined no discipline was warranted.
    Instead of dropping the matter, the board appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: May we ring in another great year together

    New Year’s Eve, 1999.

    It was an uncertain time in my life, and not just because of the looming new millennium.

    I had left Chicago and was transitioning out of a two-year freelance stint that hadn’t lived up to my expectations. Now I was tying up those lose ends and holding a temp job in the law firm of a large electric utility.

    As I sat around the TV with my brothers on that long-ago New Year’s Eve, my edginess wasn’t just over whether planes might fall out of the sky.